The full ramifications of Ally McCoist’s resignation as Rangers boss are yet to be known, but that hasn’t stopped bwin pricing up a wide-open next permanent manager market.
At present there’s a three-way dance at the top of the betting, with Scottish-Premiership-seasoned ex-Gers Terry Butcher and Stuart McCall available at 4/1 alongside former Nottingham Forest gaffer Billy Davies.
However, the presence of Dennis Wise as 9/1 fourth-favourite to takeover from McCoist seems like far more than just bookmaker mischief making.
A part of Mike Ashley’s shadowy ‘Cockney Mafia’ at Newcastle United, where he was Executive Director of Football, it should be little surprise to see him feature.
The tracksuit tycoon’s tentacles have been quietly encircling Ibrox for some time, with his long-term associate Derek Llambias the non-executive director responsible for aggressive staff cuts which reportedly precipitated McCoist’s departure.
However, what’s perhaps more surprising is that it might just be an inspired appointment, with the passing of time obscuring Wise’s fine record in the dugout.
Despite spending a total of 205 games in permanent charge of sides of the moderate ilk of Millwall, Swindon and Leeds United between 2003 and 2008, his win percentage never dropped below the 40.45 per cent he mustered at the New Den.
The former Chelsea skipper left Elland Road having won 47.47 per cent of the games he oversaw, despite the Yorkshire club’s then-on-going battles against administration.
Gus Poyet’s subsequent managerial success at Brighton and Sunderland could be seen as a further endorsement of Wise’s managerial nous.
His former Stamford Bridge midfield ally acted as his assistant at Swindon Town before following him to Leeds in October 2006.
It’s evidence that suggests multiple manager of the month winner Wise is at the very least a more attractive proposition than fellow Ashley henchman and 66/1 shot Joe Kinnear.